Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project


The Philani Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers are most vulnerable. About Philani.

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Archbishop Emeritus Tutu


"The Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project has changed the lives of thousands of women and children in disadvantaged communities on the outskirts of Cape Town. Many of whom are the poorest of the poor - children suffering from malnutrition, mothers who are struggling to find any food at all to feed their families. Philani has provided life and hope with great commitment and loyalty since 1979. I am proud to be Philani's Patron."

God bless you,

Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project runs 12 different programmes focusing on health, education, nutrition and self-employment. About 5000 families in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha, Crossroads and Brown’s Farm benefit directly from Philani’s programmes.


Philani in the Eastern Cape

Mentor Mothers Zithulele (MMZ) was initiated in 2010 to pilot Philani’s outreach model in a remote rural area of the Eastern Cape. Funded under the UCLA research project, the pilot is based at Zithulele, the site of a mission hospital, in the still underdeveloped former Transkei.

Go to the Mentor Mothers Zithulele programme page

  Section 2 textile print


Section 2 table cloth

Inspired by life in the township, the Section 2 table cloth is just one of the many hand printed and painted products designed and produced by self-employed women from Cape Town’s informal settlements.
See our product catalogue for many more original Philani products.

Available in blue, purple or yellow
Price : R 325 – R 650

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